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Great view throughout. A lot of shade but also a lot rocks scattered along the path. Easy parking. Very clean area in general.

Great trail with mildly steep inclines broken up with flat/easy terrain. Definitely come on a clear day for incredible views of the city. Free parking is available at the Quarry Picnic Area.

This trail starts in someone’s driveway, definitely going to pass on this one....

Beautiful Trail! First half is downhill, second half mostly up. I ended up coming back on the West Ridge Trail instead of the French trail and this worked out fine, just a bit of extra elevation. Plenty of spots to cut through back to the French section if desired. Not too many people on a weekday and nice and shaded.

walking
1 month ago

I loved this trail. I would definitely use it as a training trail for running. It’s out of the way of traffic so it’s easily to get to. The hike up is very moderate you do get a good heart rate going and then down hills are a little sketch but do able. Can’t wait to see what it looks like when it starts to rain.

Nice easy trail with sweeping views of plains and a good mix of light forestry. Extremely quiet and relaxing.

Outstanding views of the Bay from SF to Martinez. It was a nice cool autumn day, so the exposure was no problem, but if not, make sure you have a hat. Lots of alternative tracks to explore, but you're mostly hiking on the top of the hills so nice views, but not a lot of differentiation. Plenty of hawks soaring!

Starts off easy enough but gets challenging on the bottom half. Especially the French trail section.

great hike...steep start than as you turn to come back...BIG hill

Love this hike! Have done this hike almost every day for the last 8 years. I start and end in a slightly different spot. During the winter months, it can get very muddy and hard to hike but it is still an amazing hike. Great cardio workout.

A nice place but ALOT OF PEOPLE. Stream trail is basically a paved walkway. A lot of big groups. We did have a nice picnic

Awesome trail. I’m new to hiking and getting in shape. This trail kicked my ass. The last half mile-ish back up to the parking lot is killer and I had to stop a few times to catch my breath. It’s definitely the higher end of moderate.

hiking
1 month ago

Greats views of the straight. A couple up:down hill sections but worth the effort. First part is steep but not too long.

One of my favorite hikes! Really nice views if you hit it on a non-foggy day, but the eucalyptus groves in thick fog are just as pretty. Challenging enough to feel like a workout but not too tough. Nice choice for dog walking too.

Started at West Ridge and went on to the French trail.Kept on french trail .It had pretty steep inclines and declines.Wanted to go till Chown trail .But,took the route back to steam trail.It was about 7.5 miles hike overall.It is pretty intense and hard .

A little too steep for me sometimes but overall really beautiful hike with amazing views, sun & shade and little food/horse traffic during the week!

Wide trail; no part was too difficult. Saw a gopher snake. Good views, and lightly traveled.

I give this trail 4 stars for vistas and wildflowers and 2 out of 4 knee caps for the downhill trail. The higher the knee cap the better for mature hikers. I departed from the farm making a loop up to Wildcat Peak and down Laurel Canyon Trail back to the farm and it wasn’t too too hard on the knees. The only thing is at times it was difficult to find the markers. ⛰

Good trail. Soil and rocky. If you use poles the rocky parts are difficult to get a grip but it’s a good work out and is clearly marked. I’m more partial to narrow trails but you get good views of the San Pablo and Briones Reservoirs and the Bay.

Stream trail is easy, flat and fairly wide with portions where the trail is paved with concrete. I went on a Thursday morning and was surprised by how crowded it was. It’s very nice, especially considering how close to Oakland it is, but it doesn’t stand out as a memorable hike. On its own I’d give 3-3.5 stars. French Trail on the other hand is quite pretty. I took Orchard Trail off of Stream Trail which connected me to French trail. French Trail has a number of steep inclines and declines with beautiful, dense forest. I had the trail to myself almost the entire walk.

Beautiful views and an easy loop with a couple side trails. Definitely moderate. Nice picnic table with a swirl of rocks to have a snack on, but it is windy and chilly in the morning, so bring a jacket!

It was an amazing place. Calm and love all the fresh air.

This is our go to trail when hot or raining... The trail is under the canapy and easy to moderate... The trail is always changing and if you are lucky you will see a nice waterfall

3 months ago

The path is wide and well signed. It starts with a gentle incline through mostly exposed ravine. This takes you over the hill and back towards the road. From the new trail head, you walk steadily uphill through partially shaded trees to the ridge line. Once at the top you are rewarded with views of East Bay hills and reservoirs on one side and Bridges and bayviews to the other side. There are some nice benches to sit and enjoy the vistas. Then, it is a shady decline through bay and eucalyptus trees. Some parts are a bit rocky and steep, but doable.

stream trail is the best, all in redwoods and always chillly

Solid elevation with an incredible view at the top!

Whether you start from either French Trail or Stream Trail, there's good elevation coming in and out of it. You’ll find several picnic tables along the way and enough bathroom facilities. There's also lots of side trails to explore.

My AllTrails app suddenly stopped recording at one point so I wasn't able to full record my hike but that's ok (pardon the gap on my recording).

If you decide to hike on a weekend and choose Skyline Gate Staging Area as your starting point, try to get there before 8am to have a better chance at finding parking (vs street parking).

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